After the awesome ride to Mt.Pinatubo, time for the real thing. We are actually taking the skyway route but the tour guide says the drop-off used to be closer. But the place has been damaged by the typhoon. So our drop-off was a little far daw (the guides here have a different definition of little far). Hahaha!
I would like to thank my Tribu Sandals, because she did not let me down during our trek. My 2weeks up-hill course at the gliders/sliders have finally paid-off! Hahaha!
Good thing I am working out now cause if I am the old me, I would be crying halfway there. :)
Our newfound friend Gerard recorded the time we spent going up, we reach the viewdeck with 1:20mins :) Hihi! Not bad.
I was so happy with myself upon reaching the top. Kaya ko naman pala. :)
The crater color disappoints me big time! Where are the greens and blues in the water? I keep asking like a child. Did they edit the pictures in their blog? What happened? Hahaha! Why is it black? Why oh why? :(
Locals says they did not know what happened to the color of the water. Some says that it was after the earthquake at Japan the water changed. Goelogist are at the site to take some water samples and inspect the place.
At that time the crater color was grayish from the top view. My original plan was to swim but I really did not like the color of the water.
We go boating across the crater, which burned my face big time! Hahaha! But I really enjoyed the view at the opposite side. You can actually see the water boils. The place is soo hot! And we even witness minor erosions. Cool! :)
Before we go, Dom gathered the group to introduce us to each others. Everyone shared their job/work, dreams and next dream destination. Most of the group would like to visit Batanes, Sagada and Calaguas. Our group was really cool. :)
Our trek down is easy breezy (quoting my new friend Jarvik). The good weather and downhill path is the key for our 50mins trek down. Going back to Sta. Juliana, we are given pabaon with the nice relaxing sunset.
My first trip for the year, sunburned face and sore muscles are all worth it. Though I did get a bit disappointed with the color, the adventure (this is an active volcano that can erupt anytime), fullfillment (yey! I conquered Mt. Pinatubo and done trekking for the first time) and great appreciation for life (thank you Lord) compensates for it.
By the way, its been 20yrs since the mountain last erupted. :)